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New Plans and an Offer for You!

So, I’ve been trying to think of a way to revamp my blog and get all you lovely people back to enjoying my posts instead of listening to my excuses.  I got this post in my inbox from For Bloggers By Bloggers.  It encourages bloggers to create a little “tribe” of other bloggers to keep one another accountable and work at mutual posting enthusiasm.

Naturally, this appealed to me.  =]  You know how I love my writer friends.  And, as many of you ARE my writer friends, you know how hard it is to keep us motivated a lot of the time.  I’ve got a few tendrils of interest already, but I’m looking for a couple more bloggers to round out our crew.  I have two slots to fill, so read the info-blurb below and, if you’re interested, comment your email address or email me directly from the Contact Me page.  We’ll get rolling on seeing if this is right for you.  =]

Blogging Team Info

Salut! Below is everything you’ll need to know about the “tribe” of bloggers I’m aiming to get together under one blogging banner. I haven’t thought of a quirky name yet, so if you have any ideas, I’ll toss them around to everyone for consideration.

The Numbers:

  • Seven bloggers. Each using their own blog site, preferably with some sort of posting schedule attached to it. (If you don’t have one, I can help you implement one or brainstorm.)

  • A weekly group chat via Facebook, tinychat, Skype, etc will take place to keep everyone abreast of the seven blogs and their plans. It also helps keep everyone accountable. This project takes some level of commitment, and we want to make sure everyone is up for it.

  • Should a blogger need help making posts now and then, they are more than welcome to ask the group for guest posts to round out their week.

  • You do NOT have to post every single day, but we will try to make sure that at least one of us is posting every day. It’s flexible, so don’t be intimidated.

What Will We Do?

  • Post writing-, reading-, author life-related content on a regular basis.

  • Guest post on each other’s blogs.

  • Comment regularly on each other’s blogs.

  • Create a monthly newsletter (either individually or “tribe”-wide.)

  • Support and promote each other’s work.

  • Post the group logo/button/banner (forthcoming) somewhere visible on your blog. If you like, you can also create a page dedicated to the group, but it’s not mandatory.


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Brilliant Ideas & Traveling the World

I know, I’m attacking you all with posts lately.  (Which is how it really should have been from the beginning, only… better posts that mean something. =P)  I promise I’ll be posting better content.

Truthfully, Jade’s IndieGoGo campaign got me thinking that it couldn’t possibly be a better idea to start my own.  See, one of my biggest goals in life was to travel the world, scribbling down my tale (and various fictional tales inspired by my amazing truthful tales) and being a carefree lunatic and empowered woman, doing her own thing abroad!  I’ve been making slow-going plans for almost a year now, but being poor as I am, things fall through, working becomes more important than culturing myself, etc, etc.  All in all, being a “grown up” just gets in the way.

So, I’ve started an IndieGoGo campaign to get the ball rolling.  My plan is to go to England for three months on a working holiday–meaning I get to volunteer on farms, at B&Bs, inns, and in private homes for lodging and food–and write myself brain dead before coming home.  Hopefully coming home more cultured and with broader horizons–and possibly an ebook of my travel journal.

It’s going to be amazing.  So, if you’re inclined to contribute, I would love you forever.  =D  If not, take a look anyway.  Once I get the ball rolling, I’ll be updating a separate travel blog that might snag your interest!

So, a day in the very zany life, I suppose.  =P  Thanks for being here for my projects and whimsical nonsenses.  <3


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Triumphant Return!

As promised, I’ve come back to you!  A new year, a new set of goals for Goggles & Lace, ladies and gents.  So, here’s the plan:

  • All of the Writing Life posts that you didn’t get throughout the last few months, due to the issue I had with WordPress’ scheduling feature, will be released every Wednesday as previously planned.  I’m reworking a few of them to make improvements so you get the best I can offer.
  • Letters from Blackford Hill returns on Thursday, January 5.  You get a new post on Thursday, and after that, it’ll continue every Monday.  LfBH should be concluded by the end of February-middle of March, and will be edited and offered in ebook format around June.
  • In March or April, Goggles & Lace will feature a new weekly series on Mondays to replace Letters from Blackford Hill.  So far, that series is top secret…. mostly because I haven’t the faintest idea what it is yet.  Something Steampunky, maybe.

Beyond G&L, I’ve taken on Milwordy, the challenge to write a million words in a year.  Anything productive counts, so expect to see a bit more from me here.  =]  If this can’t make me more productive, I’m at a loss for what might.

In any case, it’s great to be back!  I’ve missed you all, and I’m looking forward to getting back into commenting on all of your blogs as well!

2012, here we come!




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3 Fiction Writing Exercises ~ via Writing Forward

Today’s writing exercises come from Writing Forward, by Melissa Donovan.  LOVE her blog.  <3

So, head on over to Writing Forward’s 3 Fiction Writing Exercises!  She’s give you a separate exercise for characters, plots, and themes, so there’s something for everyone! <3

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Training to Be a Career Author–Writing is More than the Writing (via Kristen Lamb’s Blog)

My writer friends could do with this sage advice. I know it changed my views on my writing methods. Give it a read, you won’t be sorry. =]

Training to Be a Career Author--Writing is More than the Writing Many of you who read this blog desire to be career authors, and kudos to you. It is a fun job and a great time. I used to be in sales. I literally hated my job so much I would throw up on the way to work. Every day I died a little more. This might be shocking, but selling cardboard had little outlet for being creative. I just knew that writing was the life for me. Ah….but how little I really knew. I now have had two successful best-selling books, … Read More

via Kristen Lamb's Blog


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Featured Blog: {Courage 2 Create}

Happy Wednesday!

This week’s Featured Blog goes to one of my fantastic bloggy friends, Ollin Morales over at {Courage 2 Create}!  I’ve been reading Ollin’s blog for the better part of the last year, so… not quite from the beginning, but I have to tell you, of all of the blogs that I read, {Courage 2 Create} has grown the most.  It began with Ollin’s committing himself to writing his first novel, and has since blossomed into a fantastic resource for writers.  Here, let me show you his category list, taken straight from his “How to Read This Blog” page:

The range in posts from personal to professional gives a sense of support and encouragement from {Courage 2 Create} to its audience; it says ‘this blogger cares about his readers.’

In addition to the categories listed above, Ollin also offers consultation services for artists and writers, in three different categories: blogging, writing, and storytelling.  The proceeds go toward making {Courage 2 Create} bigger and better, and giving Ollin the means to continue helping his fellow writers.

My readers genuinely need my advice and my support and I would NEVER abandon them, or, worse, retract my compassion for them. —  {Courage 2 Create} post, 01/31/11

The passion and effort put into {Courage 2 Create} is staggering.  It’s one blog I can honestly say a budding writer cannot do without.

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